SRINAGAR, Feb 28: The shutdown against crackdown and NIA raids against separatists and legal challenge to Article 35-A disrupted normal life in Kashmir for the second consecutive day today.
The call for a two-day shutdown was given by separatist leaders. All the shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed for the second consecutive day.
The normal passenger traffic was off the roads and private vehicles were seen plying only in some up-town areas of Srinagar City. Police and paramilitary security forces were deployed in strength today to thwart possible protests.
The train service from Baramulla to Banihal also remained suspended due to security reason.
The NIA teams carried out raids at the residences of seven separatist leaders including the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (at Nigeen), JKLF chief Yasin Malik (at Maisuma), Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai (at Hyderpora), Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son Naseem Geelani, Masrat Alam Bhat, Shabir Ahmed Shah and Zafar Akbar Bhat.
The NIA in its statement claimed to have seized “incriminating material” during the raids.